I recently attended the 2012 Wisconsin School Leadership Academy and was fortunate to hear some great speakers that I will try to blog about in my next few posts (especially since I’ve been challenged to blog twice a week this summer –if you’re counting this is blog post #2 in the challenge). If you’d like to check out the tweets from this Academy, you can check #2012WSLA on twitter. I tweeted from the @AWSALeaders1 account, so you won’t find too many tweets from me.
- Schools are improving, but we still have a gap of where students need to be in our changing world.
- Teachers are on treadmills just trying to keep up and cover everything that might be on the test.
- The 3 central challenges in education right now: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Assessments, and Teacher Evaluations.
- Rapidly improving schools have proactive leadership, and focused/sustained professional development.
- Our state tests focus on lower level applications, but our students NEED higher level/real world applications (Rigor/Relevance).
- Research on the most improving schools have found that many have eliminated department chair heads and have instead moved to interdisciplinary teams. You cannot get to higher level/real world applications one discipline at a time!
- Building character/guiding principles (respect, responsibility, compassion, initiative, adaptability, perseverance, etc.) are still essential for our students. Do you know anyone that truly lost a job due to a lack of academic skills? It was likely a lack of one of those character traits.
- There is NO research that supports eliminating the arts (especially if it means more test prep).